NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) – Exactly what was going on in the mind of Nicole “Nikki” Kelly?
Outrage spread across the internet after investigators say that Kelly killed her 11-month-old son Kayem Felix, but now there is additional furor over the alleged actions of the 22-year-old after her son’s death.
Kelly is alleged to have posted on her Facebook page a photo of little Kayem’s body with a R.I.P. message at the bottom of the image.
“Obviously it is horrible to see but at the same time I think that this may go to her mental state,” says Julie Rendelman a former Brooklyn prosecutor.
Rendelman has spent more than 20 years inside of courtrooms. While discussing little Kayem’s death, she conveyed to PIX11 News the impact of social media to a case. “As a prosecutor, I’m always amazed at how perpetrators use Facebook to publish things that will be used against them in the future.”
Renowned forensic psychiatrist Dr. N.G. Berrill said, “Taking a picture of the child, it is shocking and perhaps a bit unprecedented.”
Dr. Berrill has delved into some of the most gruesome minds behind bars. This case stands out for the manner in which it has played out digitally.
“What makes this a bit unique is the interplay between the murder and getting it on Facebook I think.”
It is on Facebook where Kelly states that she misses her baby boy and feels horrible over the death, adding she was supposed protect him, but she fails to protect the child’s everlasting spirit with the posting of what is believed to be his final image.
“Psychosis, unlike postpartum, has an element where a woman has lost touch with reality,” said Dr. Carly Snyder, a reproductive and perinatal psychiatrist.
Dr. Snyder is also on the board of Postpartum Support International. This is a case that strikes her not only for the death of Kayem but also for the publicity being generated by Kelly’s thumbs.
Asked if she personally ever dealt with a woman who posted her issues with her child on Facebook, Dr.Snyder said, “No,” adding that, “In the psychotic cases I have seen, women are either psychotic or bereft but they are definitely not going on social media.”